Teapot Trivets

When you prepare tea at home on a regular basis – let’s say, a daily teapot – it is normal that you have access to or knowledge of certain accessories that may not be as attractive or useful to more occasional users. One example might be teapot stands, also known as teapot trivets, which are the utensils we are going to talk about today.

As the name suggests, a teapot trivet is the infusional equivalent of the trivets that we use with pots or pans when we cook and take the hot container directly to the table.

What is a teapot trivet for? Basically, so that the hot teapot does not rest directly on the table, glass or tablecloth where you are going to prepare the service.

If you are looking to buy a teapot stand on Amazon, here are some of the most interesting alternatives you can find today:

Another possibility, as is usually the case with this type of accessory, is to go to a shop specialising in tea or infusions. If they sell teapots, they will surely be able to advise you on this type of teapot stand. We do not recommend you to look in generic gift shops or bazaars because the teapot trivet is a very specific accessory, and they are not going to have it in “just any place”.

Characteristics of a good teapot trivet

At this point, you are probably wondering why you should use a teapot stand when, in fact, you can put any other “resistant” object or surface on your table and get the same benefit. Well, to enlighten you, let’s briefly summarise the specific characteristics of a teapot trivet:

  • It must be non-slip.
  • It must be insulating, as one of its functions is to protect the table or tablecloth from the temperature of the hot teapot.
  • They are made of resistant material (e.g. cast iron).
  • They have a hole in the centre, with a diameter large enough for the teapot to ‘fit’ and be securely attached.

The best teapot trivets are made of cast iron (you can tell by their weight), and you will sometimes find hand-crafted models that are quite neatly presented, although curiously, they are items that are almost completely covered when you put the teapot on top of them.

IBILI Teapot Trivet Oriental of cast Iron, Black, 13 x 13 x 7 cm
IBILI Teapot Trivet Oriental of cast Iron, Black, 13 x 13 x 7 cm
Colour: black; Material: cast iron; Diameter: 13 cm

Please do not confuse a teapot trivet with a teapot warmer or a tea tray, as their function is quite different and much simpler. For this reason, their price is also usually lower, as in many cases, they are just a simple piece of iron.

A tea warmer also acts as a stand, and in fact, its upper part has the same characteristics as the teapot trivet we are looking at here. The difference is that it has an additional area at the base, where a candle is attached to heat or maintain the temperature of the tea.

Here you can see on the left a tea warmer, and on the right a simple teapot stand:

Queta Tea Cosy Coffee Warmer Stainless Steel Teapot Warmer Base with Tea Light Candle Holder
Queta Tea Cosy Coffee Warmer Stainless Steel Teapot Warmer Base with Tea Light Candle Holder
The tea arm is made of high-quality stainless steel, robust and durable; Keeps your tea, food or coffee warm for a long time, but not too hot to drink
IBILI Teapot Trivet Oriental of cast Iron, Black, 13 x 13 x 7 cm
IBILI Teapot Trivet Oriental of cast Iron, Black, 13 x 13 x 7 cm
Colour: black; Material: cast iron; Diameter: 13 cm